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  1. Something assumed without proof as being self-evident or generally accepted, especially when used as a basis for an argument.
  2. A fundamental element; a basic principle.
  3. (logic) An axiom.
  4. A requirement; a prerequisite.
  • French: postulat(fr)m
verb (postulat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make claim for; to demand.
  2. (transitive) To assume or assert the truth, reality, or necessity of, especially as a basis of an argument.
  3. (transitive) To assume as a premise or axiom; to take for granted. See Synonyms at presume.
    Etymology: Medieval Latin postulÄre, postulÄt-, to nominate to a bishopric, to assume, from , to request.

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